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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000000H66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.9 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on January 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love all of Death's albums, especially their '90's ones, but I think "Symbolic" is clearly the band's masterpiece. Death's last four albums all represented an effort to inject progressive tendencies into extreme metal, and here is where they nailed it the best. More than any of their other albums, this one contains everything that made Chuck Schuldiner and his ever-changing band so great: unbridled creativity, complex arrangements, awe-inspiring technicality, Chuck's distinctive death vocals, and time changes that Nostradamus would have had trouble predicting. Perhaps most importantly, "Symbolic" was the culmination of Chuck's songwriting evolution. In spite of all the heaviness and technicality, these songs all maintained a strong groove, effortessly flowing from one passage to another. I can't think of another album, with the possible exception of Carcass's "Heartwork" and a few Opeth albums, that has balanced heaviness, creativity, and intricacy as well as "Symbolic."
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ken on December 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For the uninitiated, Death was the band (along with a few notable others) that spearheaded the American death metal wave of the mid- to late- 80's and into the 90's. Coming from Florida, it's no surprise that such a significant band would influence so many others from the same geographical region to play within the same musical frame, which is why the late 80's spawned so many death metal acts from Florida. Chuck Schulinder and company (in other words, whoever joined him on each individual release) drove home many classic albums that gave a sort of "state of the union" appeal for American death, with the most acclaimed being the first three - "Scream Bloody Gore", "Leprosy", "Spiritual Healing". In retrospect, "Spiritual Healing" was a turning point in Chuck's musical ambition and lyrical stance. Death's music expanded into a thrashier demeanor, something that would eventually morph itself into a progressive feel. Considering the changes with Death's direction, their 80's and 90's output can be pretty much split in two - the first three rattling death metal releases in one lump and the more progressive material in the second. Keep in mind, however, that despite the change in direction, none of the power, intensity, or aggression was lost one bit.
Of these later albums that might fit the description of progressive death metal - sorry, that's the best I can do! - the highlight is definitely "Symbolic", which was supposed to be the final album under the Death banner, from what I hear. In fact, the follow-up to this album, "The Sound Of Perseverance", was not even supposed to happen as a Death LP. Originally intended as the debut from Chuck's new band Control Denied, the timing apparently wasn't right.
So what to make of "Symbolic"?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Loogs on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This review is not intended to coerce, persuade, or influence newcomers of Death, Chuck Schuldiner, and the amazingly talented music inbetween the two. If one is interested in the basics of Symbolic, please refer to the original release ('95) page where many others can assist you with an abundance of reviews. My review is for the many fans of Death and/or Symbolic.

I am writing this review today (April 1st) because I managed to acquire a copy 3 days early and have been listening thoroughly, over and over. Symbolic was always a personal favorite; a benchmark of supreme technicality and beautiful melody. There is no other way to say it than with this new remaster release, what was/is great has now become greater.

Basically, compared to the original press, the back case art and the liner notes have been revised. New layout/photos with a special page dedicated to the memory of Chuck, photos courtesy of his mom, Beth. Don Kaye contributes a 3 page editorial covering the life of Death as a group, focusing extensively on Symbolic's development (obviously) while getting Gene Hoglan to comment quite a bit throughout. '"There have been countless hundreds with whom I've interacted who have said, 'Symbolic is the whole reason I picked up my instrument.'" says Gene proudly.' I myself as a percussionist/drummer look up to Gene and practice his material/methods weekly if not daily; the whole reason why I started playing double bass was listening to his consistency and understanding why he's called Gene "The Machine". You'll never hear a sloppy note. Don also comments that while we'll never know where Chuck would have gone musically, "...his legacy shows every indication of the true artist, craftsman and musician he was."

The new quality of the music is sheer grace.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tom Z on July 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Great metal songwriters typically come in 2 forms. One's who craft the songs to fit a certain ambiance(Black Sabbath, Katatonia, Tool, Emperor...) and ones who achieve greatness through the exhibition of mastery of the instrument.(Randy Rhoades, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Slayer...) I'm a fan of both types of songwriting and it is extremly rare that a cd will satisfy my taste for both. Death's Symbolic is one of those rare albums that does. This is damn near perfect, and while there is a great deal of showmanship, it never goes over the top and over shadows the music. Chuck's growling is the best it's ever been and this album can single handedly be used as the case for including him among the best death metal vocalists ever. There's plently of amazing solo's among a somewhat progressive rhythem section. Gene Hoglan's drums are well done and drive the album along nicely. While Hoglan does hold back a bit, it's done with the purpose of playing what the songs require. This album is what pure death metal should strive to be: Intelligent and aggressive, heavy yet focused and just melodic enough to make it fun to listen to. Defitintly one of the top 20 albums of all time. Would recommend this to any death or melodic death fan. I also recommend checking out In Flames(lunar strain/subterrianian), Cynic, Mithras, Hate Eternal and Amon Amarth in addition to this.
On a different note, check out Within the Mind: In homage to the musical legacy of Chuck Schuliner, coming out later this year. It's directed by former Death guitarist James Murphy and features people from Six Feet Under to Mudvayne paying their respects. Proceeds go to help James Murphy who has a brain tumor.
R.I.P. Chuck Schuliner
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